For whatever reason squirting water is a lot of fun for kids. While we usually bring our water squirters, we now carry water spray bottles as well (thanks to a clever mom friend of mine). This is an inexpensive alternative to fancy water pistols. We picked ours up for about $2 each. Filled with water they make a fantastic toy for the beach.
While it is possible to tell the time by looking at the location of the sun in the sky, it’s not very practical. A day at the beach can be fun, but too much time in the sun can be exhausting. Pace yourself and know your family’s limits.
A towel to sit on, a towel to dry off with and a towel to clean up sandy kids with. You need as many towels as you can carry for a trip to the beach. The plastic bag is perfect for carrying home all those wet swimsuits and sandy towels.